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A Ride to Khiva: Travels and Adventures in Central Asia

The first edition of this fascinating account of Frederick Burnaby’s amazing journey to Khiva through Russian Asia on horseback. Illustrated with three folding maps. The first edition of this work. Extremely scarce in the first edition and in the publsihers’ binding. With a colour folding map to the frontispiece, and two folding maps to pockets to the front and rear. With four pages of publisher’s adverts to the rear. Collated, complete. A travel work on Khiva, a city in Uzbekistan, a landlocked country in Central Asia. In this work Burnaby documents his journey on horseback from Russian Asia to the Khanate of Khiva, at a time when war had broken out between the Russian army and the Turcoman tribesmen. He departed from London Victoria in November 1875, and he accomplished his journey through the winter. He caught frostbite during the extreme winter blizzards, and he took three weeks to recover, being close to death. He evaded the Russian army, and was met by the Khan of Kokan’s noblemen. His work outlined the details of the meetings once he arrived in Khiva. He gained respect from the population Burnaby returned back to England in March 1876. When this work was published, it brought the author instant fame for its popularity. His fame also rose in the social circles in London, due to reports in newspapers and magazines. Written by Frederick Burnaby, a British Army intelligence officer, who was known for his swashbuckling courage and adventurous spirit. Prior owner’s ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. The first edition of this travelogue, illustrated with three folding maps. In the original publisher’s cloth binding. Externally, generally smart. Bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities, resulting in some loss to the head and tail of the spine. Light marks to the boards. Minor discolouration to the spine. Front hinge is starting but firm. Prior owner’s ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with the odd spot, heavier to the first and last few pages. Folding maps to the front and rear are a little spotted with some age-toning, and small closed tears to the folds. Good. Seller Inventory # 660P11

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A Ride to Khiva
Travels and Adventures in Central Asia

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  • Author: Fred Burnaby
  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108037587

CAD$ 68.95 (R)

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It is 1875, the time of the ‘Great Game’, when the British and Russian Empires are vying for power in central Asia. A British officer rides for Khiva, a Russian city closed to European travellers. He is on a dangerous mission, to learn if Russia plans to invade India, the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the British Empire. It might be the plot of a Rudyard Kipling novel; instead it is the true story of Captain Frederick Burnaby (1842–85). Burnaby joined the British army in 1859, but in periods without active duty he crafted his own adventures. He ballooned across the English Channel, travelled in Spain and Russia, and was wounded, and eventually killed, fighting for Britain’s empire. This account of his perilous journey to Khiva, published in 1876 and immediately reprinted, brought him instant fame. The book includes maps of the route he took and an appendix.

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Product details

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108037587
  • length: 524 pages
  • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
  • weight: 0.66kg
  • contains: 3 maps
  • availability: Available

Table of Contents

1. Information about Khiva
2. Waist-belt for gold
3. The Volga frozen
4. Railway officials
5. Twenty degrees below zero
6. A hole in the ice
7. Pins-and-needles
8. The guardian of the forests
9. Delayed by a snowstorm
10. Sleigh sickness
11. The Ural Cossacks
12. A supply of provisions
13. A sheepskin suit
14. A start with the courier
15. Nomad tribes
16. Kashgar
17. Break-down of the sleigh
18. An English engineer officer at Kasala
19. Ablutions under difficulties
20. A priest
21. Water route from Kasala to Petro-Alexandrovsk
22. Camels
23. A lazy guide
24. The guide’s retaliation
25. Disobedience of orders
26. The Turkoman on his donkey
27. Villages fortified
28. The guide’s kibitka
29. The Oozek
30. Oogentch
31. The messenger
32. Breakfast in Khiva
33. The present Khan
34. Departure from Khiva
35. The meet
36. The Tarantass
37. The district governor
38. An inquisitive inspector

1. A ride to Khiva: travels and adventures in Central Asia

کتابخانه: كتابخانه مركز اسناد و مركز دائرة المعارف بزرگ اسلامى ( تهران )

موضوع : Description and travel ، Khiva )Uzbekistan(,Description and travel ، Asia, Central

2. travers l’Asie centrale; la steppe Kirghize, le Turkestan russe, Boukhara, Khiva, le pays des Turcomans et la Perse. Impressions de voyage . dessins de M.E. van Muyden.

پدیدآورنده :

کتابخانه: كتابخانه ايرانشناسي مجلس شوراي اسلامي ( تهران )

موضوع : Asia, Central – Description and travel,Asia, Central – History,Iran – Description and travel

3. A western looks east

پدیدآورنده : by prynce Hopkins,Hopkins, prynbs

کتابخانه: کتابخانه دانشگاه شهید بهشتی ( تهران )

موضوع : Asia – Description and travel

4. Adventures in the Near East 1918 – 1922

پدیدآورنده :

کتابخانه: کتابخانه دانشکده علوم اجتماعی دانشگاه تهران ( تهران )

موضوع : European war, 1914-1918- Asia, Western. ]from old catalog,Asia, Western- Description and travel. ]from old catalog,Turkey- Description and travel. ]from old catalog[

5. Afghanistan

پدیدآورنده : Hamilton, A. )Angus(, 4781-3191

کتابخانه: كتابخانه مركز اسناد و مركز دائرة المعارف بزرگ اسلامى ( تهران )

موضوع : ، Afghanistan,Description and travel ، Asia, Central,، Eastern question )Central Asia(

6. Africa and southern asia

پدیدآورنده : By Martin Simons

کتابخانه: كتابخانه مركزي و مركز اطلاع رساني دانشگاه شاهد ( تهران )

موضوع : Africa- description and travel,Asia- description and travel

7. Among the Believers

پدیدآورنده : / V. S. Naipaul

کتابخانه: كتابخانه مدرسه اسلامی هنر ( قم )

موضوع : Naipaul, V. S., (Vidiadhar Surajprasad),, 1932- – Travel – Islamic countries,Islam – Asia,Iran – Description and travel – 20 th century,Islamic countries – Description and travel,نی پل، ویدیادهار سوارج پراساد،۱۹۳۲ – – سفرها – کشورهای اسلامی,اسلام – آسیا,ایران – س‌یر و سیاحت – قرن۱۴ ,کشورهای اسلامی – سیر و سیاحت

8. Among the wild tribes of the Afghan frontier; a record of sixteen years’ close intercourse with the natives of the Indian marches




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